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ESI point the way to retain staff in the Middle East

The global and regional competition for project and programme managers is putting a strain on recruitment and retention of technical professionals in the Middle East.

The global and regional competition for project and programme managers is putting a strain on recruitment and retention of technical professionals in the Middle East. Strategic and tactical tips on how companies can recruit and retain technical and engineering professionals in the increasingly competitive international and Middle East markets will be outlined by ESI International, next week.

Raed S. Haddad, Senior Vice President of Corporate Programmes for ESI International, the leading provider of project management training and business analysis, will be speaking on the attraction and retention of key personnel at the Middle East HR Summit that takes place from 4 to 8 November 2007 at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

"The booming Arabian Gulf is witnessing an unprecedented scale of construction projects across the whole civil and industrial spectrum," commented Haddad.

"The region is not exempt from a shortage of project managers and engineers hampering industries worldwide. Pressure is growing as companies compete with each other in an increasingly limited skills pool and costs rise as they poach personnel from each other," he said.

According to database company Proleads, the total number of active projects taking place in the Gulf Co-operation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is close to 3,400 with a total combined value exceeding $2.4 trillion. Civil engineering and infrastructure projects of all kinds lead the way with a staggering 2,081 projects with a combined value of $1.3 trillion alone.

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